By Yenia Silva Correa on June 6, 2018
Photo: Bill Hackwell
Cuba’s Constitution recognizes the elemental rights of every child, regardless of sex, race, or social origin, and does not leave their protection to institutional goodwill or individual charity.
This special interest in educating and caring for the young is nothing new for Cubans. Who is not aware that the annual infant mortality rate here is among the lowest in the world? Who doesn’t know that education is universally available and free of charge.
This commitment goes beyond the national framework. Cuba has been a signatory to the United Nations Rights of the Child Convention since 1991, and its precepts have been codified in laws regarding the corruption of minors. The country also adheres to international agreements established to protect children and adolescents from trafficking, prostitution, their use in pornography, and sexual abuse.
By Patricia Grogg on May 23, 2018
Photo, Jorge Luis Baños
During his first month as Cuba’s president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, well on his way to gaining and maintaining the backing of citizens, shows signs of realizing that in order to govern he has to go out on the street, listen to the people, and take advantage of, rather than evade, the media.
With full press coverage, he was seen meeting with the Council of Ministers and going through a review of food programs, of renewable energy, of approving plans for preparing to celebrate in 2019 the half-millennium anniversary of Havana’s founding. And there was the press following him May 17 and 18 on a tour through districts of the capital.
“People comment that that’s the way it should be done, talking with people on foot, those who work a lot and don’t earn much. We hope he continues these visits, but there shouldn’t be any warning. That way he won’t be misled,” María Caridad told IPS. She’s an employee of a store in Old Havana and asked that her last name not be used.